Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Update - murder/suicide near Garden Valley

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District 3 Patrol 700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 846-7550 / (208) 884-7122
Fax (208) 846-7520

For Immediate Release: 01/21/20 9:30 PM
Please direct questions to the District Office

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At approximately 12:17 AM on 1/21/20, ISP Troopers responded to assist Boise County Deputies with a disturbance and a shots fired call at a residence near Garden Valley. Additional information obtained after the original call reported a domestic dispute occurred between a mother and son who lived at the residence and a gun had been fired more than once.

Besides the mother and son, there were two other adults and one juvenile who were in the residence at the time of the disturbance and when shots were fired, but were able to leave safely. When Boise County Deputies and ISP Troopers arrived, they entered the residence to locate the two people who were reported to be involved in the domestic dispute. Upon searching the house, deputies and troopers located two adults who were deceased in an upstairs room.

The two deceased adults were identified as Helen Beckwith and Joshua Beckwith. Based on evidence at the scene, ISP Troopers believe Joshua Beckwith shot Helen Beckwith and then shot himself.

The investigation is continuing.

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ISP Troopers are assisting Boise County Sheriff's Deputies with what is being investigated as a possible murder/suicide near Garden Valley. The incident started earlier this morning as a possible shots fired call at a private residence. Officers are still on scene and additional information will be released when it is available.